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Donaldson hopes to make late bid for ASG start

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TORONTO -- Four Blue Jays remain in the running for spots in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Miami on Tuesday, July 11, but they've all got some ground to make up before voting closes on June 29.

In the latest update of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot that was released on Tuesday, third baseman Josh Donaldson ranks fourth at his position with 527,680 votes. Donaldson trails Miguel Sano (1,010,060), Jose Ramirez (697,747),and Manny Machado (677,925), but he has posted a 1.146 OPS with six home runs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list in late May. 

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TORONTO -- Four Blue Jays remain in the running for spots in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Miami on Tuesday, July 11, but they've all got some ground to make up before voting closes on June 29.

In the latest update of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot that was released on Tuesday, third baseman Josh Donaldson ranks fourth at his position with 527,680 votes. Donaldson trails Miguel Sano (1,010,060), Jose Ramirez (697,747),and Manny Machado (677,925), but he has posted a 1.146 OPS with six home runs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list in late May. 

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Troy Tulowitzki ranks fifth among American League shortstops with 354,732 votes. Like Donaldson, Tulowitzki's first half has been shortened by injury as he's appeared in just 30 games.

Both Jose Bautista and Kevin Pillar held their rank among AL outfielders. Bautista sits 10th with 518,585, while Pillar remains 15th with 376,843. Yankees slugging right fielder Aaron Judge leads all AL players with 1,893,260 votes, followed closely by Mike Trout of the Angels (1,582,782) and Jose Altuve of the Astros (1,615,938).

One notable omission for the Blue Jays is Justin Smoak, who is enjoying a breakout season at age 30 with 18 home runs, already two shy of his career high. Smoak leads all AL first basemen in home runs and RBIs (43) entering play on Tuesday, and he ranks second behind Oakland's Yonder Alonso with a .956 OPS. The tight first-base vote currently consists of Alonso (651,055), Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (646,598), Kansas City's Eric Hosmer (626,783), Cleveland's Carlos Santana (558,320) and Houston's Yuli Gurriel (529,887).

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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